/ Asked by Tiffany
I'm newly employed and glad I found a job. I've been at my company for about 6 months. I was one of five that earned a group "lunch with the CEO" for my good work last month. During the lunch, our CEO was giving advice on life and everything in between. One thing he said to me that made me unconsciously cringe was that "If you like more than 30% of your job, you're better off than most." Is this true?!?! Am I going to be faced with having to deal with disliking the greater majority of my job throughout my career?
Answered by John, Hiring Expert at DuPont, on Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Congratulations on your new job.  It's nice that you had a chance early in your career to have lunch with your CEO.

I can understand your reaction to your CEO's comments.  I believe the comments are more along the line that 70% of the US workforce is disengaged with their work.  There have been recent articles in national publications stating this.  One example is a 2013 Gallup State of the American Workplace study (http://www.ryot.org/gallup-poll-70-americans-disengaged-jobs/376177).  While this is a disturbing survey finding, it doesn't necessarily mean that most people only like 30% of their job.  Engagement or disengagement have many causes, from work environment to supervisor to personal life situation.  

Each of our jobs is in a large part what we make of it and how we individually react to our environment.  I would not let the statistics nor the comments of your CEO get your down.  You have entered a career in a position where you will learn and grow every day.  Look forward to that growth.
Answered by John, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Congratulations on your new job! Many organizations struggle to maintain an engaged workforce. However, if you’re proactive, you can come to find more fulfillment in what you do. The key to this is finding something that you enjoy doing and continuing to nature that interest. I wish you the best in your career development.
Answered by Nell, Hiring Expert at Pitney Bowes, on Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Unfortunately, there is some truth to it. Many people spend a lifetime searching for a satisfying career. Most people don’t like every aspect of their jobs and that is normal and expected. Most importantly, don’t worry about what is going on with other people and with what your CEO told you, worry about what is going on with yourself and your career. Because you were surprised to hear that statistic, it sounds like you enjoy the majority of your job, and very happy in your career. That is great! Being happy, satisfied, and grateful will only draw in more opportunities and continued success and satisfaction in your life and in your career. I say keep your great attitude! Best wishes in your new career!
Nell
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Monday, September 15, 2014
You really have to feel for that CEO! We spend more time at work than we do with our families. More time than sleeping. More time than just about anything! While few of us ended up becoming the astronauts, veterinarians, or US Presidents from our childhood dreams, we hopefully have found a place where we can put our unique skillset to work in a way that’s challenging and, most importantly, rewarding. If you ever find that your work is not challenging and rewarding then it may be time to move on. For most of us, job satisfaction comes from the challenge to accomplish something that we are uniquely qualified to tackle.
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